K-State track and field hits the road for New Mexico Invitational

Ariel Okorie, freshman in business administration, prepares to throw shot put at the Deloss Dodds Invitational in Ahearn Field House on Jan. 20, 2017. (Regan Tokos | The Collegian)

After a dominating performance in the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Manhattan, the Kansas State track and field team will hit the road for the New Mexico Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

K-State continues their successful season in a team-scored meet. They will square up against New Mexico, Air Force, Fresno State, Texas Christian, Utah State and Washington State.

After falling short of claiming an individual first place finish during last year’s New Mexico Invitational, K-State’s men look to improve at this year’s meet; they took third place a year ago with 69 points. The women managed to take home the gold in five of the individual events, claiming fourth place overall with 74 points.

Coming off a sweep of their competition, the men look to keep rolling on the track as their young talent continue to shine. Sophomore Kurt Loevenstein and freshman Noah Stevenson claimed first and second in the 800-meter run during the DeLoss Dodds Invitational.

K-State senior Janee’ Kassanavoid caught fire early this year, achieving her personal best throw and winning her fourth straight in the weigh throw competition.

Action in Albuquerque is set to start for the Wildcats at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the field events, followed by the track events starting at noon.